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Spearfish Canyon Fall Colors Update

By • Sep 23rd, 2011 • Category: Discoveries

Spearfish Canyon fall colors, courtesy Jerry Boyer.

Spearfish Canyon fall colors, courtesy Jerry Boyer.

It’s the first day of fall, and the fall colors are in full swing.

Here in the Black Hills, Spearfish Canyon is the best place to experience the full splendor of colors. So far the weather this fall has been perfect with cool nights and warm days with sunny blue skies. The forecast for the next week is calling for temperatures in the high 70’s and low 80’s – wonderful weather to get outside and enjoy this time of year.

For more than 30 years, Jerry Boyer, a Spearfish-area resident, author and photographer, has been recording the Spearfish Canyon colorful fall transition. Over the years he has developed a prediction chart for when the canyon colors might peak.

Currently the canyon colors are at about 65% of their full color saturation and will likely peak about October 3rd. I’ll keep you updated as he sends out more reports.

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Spearfish Canyon fall colors update.
Photos and information by Jerry Boyer, author, Canyon Echos
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WOW, canyon colors beginning their burst at 65%. Canyon fall colors are on schedule to peak around October 3 if the moderate autumn weather continues. The yellows and golds of the leafy trees and the reds and purples on the canyon-floor continue to emerge making a striking contrast to the dark emeralds of the pines and spruce.

It’s really beginning to look like Autumn.

Look out for the ever increasing “slow moving” traffic, critters, and bikers.

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is is a native of Montana. She grew up a on a cattle ranch in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. She attended the University of Montana, spent a semester abroad in Wales and graduated with degrees in photojournalism and art history. Mountains and the West are very important to her. She has traveled worldwide but knows her home is in the American West. She attributes this to her parents spoiling her by letting her grow up horseback riding, back country camping and travel throughout the West. She still enjoys all of these spoils, and loves being able to walk out of her office or house door and go on a hike in the Black Hills without even having to drive to the trailhead.
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